Last Updated: 2017-11-05
We’ll get to our first big conference in this article and take a look at the Atlantic 10 Conference, which naturally, has 14 teams. Considering the number of teams in the conference it’s a bit surprising to see only a difference of 16 points between the highest-rated team and the lowest-rated team. While some of that has to do with no real powerhouse teams in the Atlantic 10, it’s also an indication that the mid-major teams can get some good athletes regardless of how bad they are.
Oddly, we ran into some of the biggest discrepancies between the individual rankings of teams in the Atlantic 10 than we did in the smaller conferences we looked at first. There was a 20-point difference in St. Joes, as one set of ratings didn’t think much of the Hawks at all. As the other three sets of ratings were fairly comparable, I threw out the highest and lowest ratings and averaged the other two, so the beginning power rating process isn’t an exact science, although I try to keep personal opinion out of it as much as possible.
Atlantic 10 Conference Opening Power Ratings
Rhode Island 87
St. Bonaventure 83
St. Joes 82
La Salle 78
George Washington 78
George Mason 76
St. Louis 73
Rhode Island, the top-rating team entering the season was pretty consistent in the ratings they received, which ranged from 84 to 90, so we can have a bit more confidence in their rating than several of the other teams, such as VCU, which had a fairly large spread of 17 points from the highest to lowest set of ratings.
One of the more interesting things is that we also tend to see more consistency when looking at the lowest-rated teams in the Atlantic 10, as there is more universal agreement on where the teams should be rated. St. Louis, Fordham and Duquesne all saw a difference of seven points between the highest ratings and the lowest ratings they received, while the other teams, while a team like George Washington had a 16-point difference between its highest and lowest rating.
The good thing about the power ratings is that are “self correcting” after you do the updating process, which is something else we’ll get to in our series of articles on opening college basketball power ratings. There are plenty of conferences left to tackle before Friday, Nov. 10, rolls around with the start of the college basketball season.